Where I Am

I’m in my ‘late-mid’ 50s. There aren’t any milestone birthdays this year. If you asked me how old I am I’d have to give it some thought. 28? 37? 42? Those all sound about right.

People who are the same age as me are retiring. My friends that are at the exact same stage in life are calling it quits, giving up their profession and committing to sleep late and golf every day are retiring. There’s literally saying, “I plan to wear shorts and flip flops every day and sit on a chair in the sun.” (Okay, their skin is going to look like death, but whatever.)

And here I am. I’m still getting started! I’m studying for certification exams, practicing languages that I haven’t spoken since I was 15, learning to play the piano, planning what will go in the garden in 10 years. And they’re retiring?

This can’t be the beginning of the end because I have too much I want to do!

Me

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Sometimes I feel like writing things down or sharing things and it’s hard to know where to share.

I have a Facebook account, however I truly dislike the whole Facebook platform so don’t like sharing there.

Additionally, I have an Instagram account, a YouTube Channel and another blog but the focus there is on my primary creative hobby, which is sewing. And I don’t like to muddle the non-sewing with the sewing.

So this is my everything-not-sewing blog. What does that have to do with the idea that Age is a State of Mind? Well … everything … because I’m in the prime of my life and am still learning, trying, testing and changing.

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.